Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.

How did ‘less than stellar’ high school student Jared Kushner get into Harvard?

My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that
the rich buy their underachieving children’s way into elite universities
with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey
real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5m to Harvard University
not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy
League school, which at the time accepted about one of every nine
applicants. (Nowadays, it only takes one out of 20.)
I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described
him as a less-than-stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s

Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget

The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public  Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the  National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.Work  on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget  office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director.

Obama Education Rules Are Swept Aside by Congress

Republican lawmakers reined in regulations — including some on testing — that they criticized as heavy-handed.With all the attention paid to President Trump’s lightning-rod secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and her advocacy for private school vouchers, little public notice has been paid to the action on education in Congress — where lawmakers have broader power than Ms. DeVos to make changes to the nation’s school system.Now, Congress has done exactly that, voting to repeal crucial regulations associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act, one of President Barack Obama’s final legislative achievements.

Betsy DeVos is wasting no time screwing over student borrowers.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sending some chilling signals lately about how she plans to deal with America’s $1.3 trillion  student debt burden. On at least two separate ocassions now, her department has scrapped Obama-era reforms that were designed to protect borrowers from being gouged or misled by the companies responsible for collecting their loans. All told, DeVos seems less interested in protecting former students than in protecting the predators that have fleeced them for profit.

Why is Betsy DeVos enabling rape deniers?

On Thursday, education secretary Betsy DeVos carried on in the grand American tradition of treating rape survivors like garbage, meeting with accused rapists and organizations  that publish photos of women they claim are “false victims”. Just another day in the era of Trump, where disdain for women and their rights trickles down from the “pussy-grabbing” president to all corners of his administration.

DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective

In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and  taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proved more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the most optimistic backers could have hoped.

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

Betsy DeVos’s Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools

For years, Betsy DeVos traveled the country — and opened her checkbook — as she worked as a conservative advocate to promote the expansion of  voucher programs that allow parents to use taxpayer funds to send their children to private and religious schools. A detailed look at the first six months of Ms. DeVos’s tenure as the  secretary of education —based on a 326-page calendar tracking her daily meetings — demonstrates that she continues to focus on those programs  as well as on charter schools.